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CITY COUNCIL MEETING 01/27/15 (Chilli Bay Water Park Rates, Farm Ground Bids)

City Accepts Farm Ground Bids at Airport, Industrial Park
Council members unanimously approved farming bids for two tracts of city-owned land during their regular meeting January 27, 2015, at City Hall. The council accepted the bids from Boon Farms, LLC, which had submitted the highest bids for both the airport farm ground and the industrial park farm ground. The airport farm ground consists of approximately 169 acres. Boon's bid was one of three submitted and was in the amount of $202 per acre for a total bid of $34,138. The industrial park farm ground consists of approximately 137 acres and is located south of Highway 36. Boon's bid was one of three submitted and was in the amount of $187 per acre for a total of $25,619.

City OKs New Water Park Rates
Fees at Chilli Bay Water Park will increase slightly for the coming year. Parks Director Josh Norris proposed the 2015 fee schedule, and the council unanimously approved the new rates along with no increases proposed for 2016.

Adult general admission will increase this year from $8 per visit to $8.50 per visit.
Senior Rate for individuals older than 60 years of age will increase from $4 per visit to $4.50 per visit.
Students kindergarten through 12th grades will increase from $5 to $5.50 per visit.
Children birth to pre-kindergarten will be admitted at no charge.
Family passes will increase from $195 to $205 this year (a 5% increase).
Individual passes will increase from $98 to $100.
The punch pass (for 11 visits) will increase from $50 to $55.
Several rental packages will also see increases this year.
There will be no rate increase for swim lessons.

Rental of park shelter houses will increase from $25 to $30 for a four-hour period.
Ball field rentals will increase from $60 to $65.

The council discussed but did not take action on an ordinance adjusting the city's permit fee schedule as presented by Chuck Greever, the city's code enforcement officer and inspector. It was noted that some of the city's services involve the use of an engineer which increases the costs of that service. Rather than approving a flat fee, the city will look at plans that will offset such costs to the city.

Mayor Chuck Haney presided over Tuesday night's meeting with the full council present. An executive session followed the regular meeting but no votes were taken according to City Clerk Roze Frampton.

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